The 21-year-old midfielder joined Villa for £5.5m from Reading after snubbing offers from West Brom and Championship rivals Norwich.
“For me it was all about playing football,” he told the Birmingham Mail at Villa’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
“Other clubs had bids accepted but then I knew it wasn’t the right opportunity for myself.
“When I heard about Villa, at first I thought, na, whatever (that’s just speculation).
“Then when I heard that a bid had been accepted, I was over the moon.
“When I heard of the Villa interest there was only one place I wanted to go.”